First pass on the upper primary hull escape pods. This is pretty much the standard Sovereign
Honestly, I can't decide about these. I'm torn between what has become the traditional barnacle encrustation of escape pods or sticking with a nice, clean, uncluttered hull. I'm thinking about a compromise where the pods are concealed beneath hinged or blow-away hull plates.
I've also been tinkering with the hull textures, trying to develop a final look instead of just recycling the generic scattered plate maps I've been using for years. This is getting there but I'm not totally happy with it yet.
Thoughts and opinions appreciated as always.